FERGUS CAPTURES TRIPLE CROWN WITH FOURTH SPORTS 2000 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2004) – John Fergus, of Powell, Ohio, captured his fourth National Championship Saturday, taking the Sports 2000 class win at the 2004 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Kohler at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Steve Johnson, of Deerfield, N.H., and Mark Mercer, of Aurora, Colo., completed the top-three.
Driving the No. 00 Hoosier Tires Carbir CS2, Fergus captured the SCCA Chicago Region Triple Crown with the win. Starting second, Fergus took the lead at the start entering the esses. Pushing his car to the limit, he immediately pulled away from the rest of the field. Running unchallenged, Fergus posted the fastest laps of the race, setting a new lap record of 1:26.680 (93.779 mph). At the checkered flag, Fergus had captured the National Championship by 2.84 seconds and an average speed of 90.798 mph.
“I think that the whole field had to raise their game because of last year,” said Fergus, who won his Division Championship and the June Sprints to complete the Triple Crown. “I was sick during the week and did not qualify as fast as I could. But today I felt great. I knew I was capable of really going fast. I just ran every lap as hard as I could.”
Nicholas Johnson, of Cromwell Newark, UK, finished fourth, and Marc Walker, of Oldsmar, Fla., completed the top-five.
Now in its 41st year, the SCCA National Championship Runoffs annually crown the best amateur road racers in North America Champions. More than 700 competitors have gathered this year to battle for 24 class titles this year, with eight races being run each day from Friday through Sunday.
Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, Sports Car Club of America is a 60,000 member motorsports organization that sanctions and promotes grassroots and professional motorsports events of a variety of disciplines, including road racing, autocrossing, road rally and performance rally.
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